Bitter temperatures have hit many parts of Kentucky in recent days, making it difficult to keep homes in Louisville warm. Many residents purchase space heaters for extra warmth inside while temperatures continue to plummet outside. And while space heaters are great for heating small areas, they are a factor in a significant number of house fires. That means safe operation is a must if you buy one or use one this winter.
At Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers, we know that home safety should always be taken seriously—especially when it comes to fire hazards. To use your space heater safely and reduce your risks, follow these safety tips:
- Don’t leave space heaters unattended. Always keep a close watch on a space heater if you’re using it. Don’t leave one unattended, and never leave home or go to sleep with a space heater turned on inside your home.
- Don’t put space heaters near walls or objects. Space heaters need plenty of room to operate safely and efficiently. When they’re pushed up against walls or objects, they’re not only less effective, but they also become more dangerous as they can overheat and catch fire.
- Don’t plug in damaged space heaters. Check your space heater for damage before using it. Look for scorch marks along its exterior and check the cord for signs of fraying, cracking, or damage. Discard damaged space heaters immediately, as they can pose serious fire risks.
Space heaters are just one of many consumer products that we rely on, but it’s important to be aware of their potential risks. Our Louisville defective product lawyers know that there are many dangerous and recalled products on store shelves and inside people’s homes that pose significant threats to them and their families.
If you or someone you love was hurt by a defective product, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.